I have to tell you, I am not one of those people who religiously cleans the inside of the windows. In fact I don’t even religiously clean my house. I mean, who has time for that? I leave the outside to the window cleaners and the indoors rarely gets done. I don’t think I’ve cleaned the inside of my windows more than three times since we moved in almost four years ago. The only one that gets done regularly is the big sliding patio door, and the cleaner does that! Yes, yes.. I unashamedly have a cleaner as well! It’s not that I hate cleaning, in fact quite the opposite, it’s just finding the time to do it the way I want it done because once I get started everything has to be done properly. I’m not a half arsed cleaner and I love getting behind things and making sure it’s all spick and span and squeaky clean. And windows aren’t my priority.
Having said that, they are easily one of the dirtiest things in my house, thanks to my two wonderful children who have the grubbiest hands that literally reach every single surface. And since it’s Christmas and they can see the Christmas lights outside of the window, it’s the one place they love to sit, upstairs and down, while purposefully pressing their mitts and noses up against my window panes. And just because we have a cleaner, doesn’t mean I don’t do anything when she’s not here, although you wouldn’t be able to tell!
So, with two kids and little time, I am always looking at quick fixes and short cuts to keep the cleaning schedule short and sweet. I love a good, clean result. There’s nothing better than seeing the toilet bowl shine, the kitchen floor sparkle and the bedside tables dust free, but I literally just don’t get time! So, what could help with windows other than the Vileda Windomatic Window Vacuum Cleaner? Say what? A vacuum cleaner for the windows? That’s right! And it doesn’t just do windows…
What Is The Vileda Windomatic?
Well, they’ve helped me out here by telling you already!
“The Vileda Windomatic cordless window vacuum cleaner is the quick and easy way to a streak-free finish after washing your windows, for removing window condensation, wiping mirrors or cleaning up spills. The wide wiper blade and suction power efficiently removes water from windows without drips and without the need to polish afterwards.
The flexible head gives you the best cleaning angle to allow you to vacuum right down to the base of the window and into corners. The mains rechargeable lithium battery allows you to use the Windomatic cordlessly all around the home. Lightweight and with an ergonomic grip for easy handling, the Vileda Windomatic can wipe up to 60m² on one charge.”
Sounds pretty ace, doesn’t it?
The Unboxing Of The Vileda Windomatic
I was really surprised that the box, with all the contents in, was super lightweight! There are three pieces; the charger, the big main unit and the head of the product. Once I got it out and assembled everything (no instructions needed!), it’s probably easy to compare it to the same size as a normal handheld hoover. I expected it to be slightly smaller and more compact, but it’s not overly bulky – although I’m not really sure how best to store it! It’s bright red which is kind of Vileda trademark and it has a 100ml water container. I was impressed with the flexible head and the overall feel and couldn’t wait to get started on the windows.
Using The Vileda Windomatic
Before use, it does need charging so make sure you leave plenty of time as it will take 6 hours to fully charge. This is probably the only disappointing thing about it, it does seem quite a long time for something so small to charge up, but you can always leave it overnight, or pop it on in the morning if you’re intending to the windows later in the day.
It will clean for around 20 minutes before it needs charging. This means you’ll, more or less, get up to 60sqm out of it which is actually quite a lot of window!
Normally I’d clean my windows with some soapy solution and then go over them with white vinegar and then try and buff them down until they were streak free, but it never usually works! The boys have recently made short work of my patio doors, which seem to be the biggest problem area, and I thought I’d give the Vileda Windomatic a go on this. Out came the soapy water and I splashed it on to the window and gave it a good rub. Usually I’d wipe this with some kitchen roll before setting in with the white vinegar, but instead I grabbed the Windomatic, popped the squeegee head on the bit I’d just cleaned, pushed the button down and pulled it downwards until it had sucked up all the water. Et voila! The excess water had gone, the window was clean and it was also streak free. Winner!
There are so many other things that I’ve found we can use it on (reading the booklet does come in handy!). And with two messy little boys running around, who especially love to throw their drinks on the floor, it was the perfect opportunity to put the kitchen roll away and get the Vileda Windomatic out which worked an absolute treat.
Other things to try it on are the shower doors, condensation on the windows, mirrors and even car windows!
Downfalls Of The Vileda Windomatic
- As I said earlier in the post it takes 6 hours to charge, which is quite a long time.
- It doesn’t remove marks and stains. You do need to do this yourself before wiping the water away. If you’ve got a stubborn handprint on the window you need to put in some elbow grease!
- You do need to empty the tank quite frequently. While 100ml sounds like a lot, it really isn’t!
- It can’t be used for 20 minutes consecutively. I found that to get the most out of the Vileda Windomatic turning it on and off when necessary increased the longevity of the battery. Having said that, I’ve not had to use it for a full 20 minutes and actually the battery life is pretty good all things considered.
- Despite it having a really flexible head, it doesn’t deal that well with tight spaces or awkward corners (such as in the car!).
Overall, I’m really impressed with this product and would happily recommend it to those looking for a quick and easy shortcut to getting streak free, clean windows! I think it’s important to remember this is not a window cleaner, it is simply a vacuum for your windows, but it does a great job and works for the intended purpose.
*I was sent this product in return for a review. All views and opinions are my own.